The Last Word: Even great writers don't get much respect


Gertrude Stein, the expatriate American writer and critic who ran the Paris “salon” frequented by such figures as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, and Pablo Picasso, famously referred to herself as a mere “newspaper mechanic” when one of her early articles was published in the “Le Figaro” newspaper.

CONVERTIBLE CRAZY: Confessions of a bonafide out-of-control car fantatic


Next Saturday is Homecoming at William Carey University. As I have for several years, I will supply four convertibles for the campus parade. Since I own a total of 14 convertibles, I could actually provide the entire parade around the campus.

I’m not bragging; I’m really ashamed, and I know that I need an intervention. 

Coming  Home: This columnist once made it from Istanbul to Lumberton (and back) on a seven-day pass and just $20 in his pocket


Somebody once said, “You spend half your life trying to get away from home and the other half trying to get back.” 

That was certainly true in my case. 

I often hear people say, “When I retire, I’m going to travel.” 

My feeling was always, “When I retire, I’m going to stay home.”